Bucs fifth after high-scoring opening round of Kenny Perry InvitationalOctober 14, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Charleston Southern sophomore Jarrett Swan fired a 4-over 76 and is alone in third place after 18 holes at the 2012 Western Kentucky University Kenny Perry Invitational. The Bucs are fifth as a team after Sunday’s opening round at The Club at Olde Stone.
Swan had four birdies and played the back nine at even par to move into contention early in the tournament. He was one of few golfers to find success in tough conditions where no golfer is under par after the first round in the 12-team field.
As a team, the Bucs sit in fifth after a team 324 (+36). They are three strokes behind Akron for fourth and four strokes behind Austin Peay State for third. Jacksonville State leads the tournament at 17-over following a 305.
CSU leads Morehead State (Ky.) by six strokes.
The demanding course, the site of two previous NCAA Regionals, played even tougher on Sunday with high winds throughout the day. Gusts reached upwards of 40 miles per hour. Although there was no precipitation, the windy conditions caused the average score to balloon to 83.90. Only 12 players shot below 80 in the opening round.
Freshman Nicolas Banea shot below the first round’s average with an 81 on the opening day. He is tied for 15th. Junior Ross Thomson fired an 82 and carded his lone birdie on the par-5 11th hole.
Sophomore Choo Teck Ng finished with an 85 and is tied for 37th, while junior Jason Fick shot an 89 and is tied for 50th.
Jacksonville State shot 305 (+17) in the opening round and holds a ten shot lead over Louisville (315, +27) following Sunday's opening round. Jacksonville State also owns the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. Franco Grillo is the only player in the field to shoot even par after opening with a 72. Teammate Tomasz Anderson is in second place after shooting 74 (+2).
The second round begins on Monday at 9:00am CT while Tuesday's final round begins at 8:00am CT.